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"The Revenant" Leads Way With 12 Oscar Nominations; "Mad Max" Earns 10 Nods
This photo provided by courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox shows, Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, in a scene from the film, "The Revenant," directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu. (Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox via AP)
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The brutal frontier saga "The Revenant" landed a leading 12 nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers.
The strong showing for "The Revenant," including a best actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio, follows its win at the Golden Globes. It sets director Alejandro Inarritu for a possible back-to-back win following his sweep for best picture, director and screenplay for "Birdman" last year.
"We gave it our all on this film and this appreciation from the Academy means a lot to me and my colleagues who made it possible," said Inarritu in a statement. "Champagne and mezcal will run tonight!"
George Miller's post-apocalyptic sequel "Mad Max: Fury Road" followed with 10 nominations, including best picture and best director for Miller. Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic "The Martian" landed 7 nominations, including best picture and best actor for Matt Damon, but, surprisingly, no best director nod for Scott.
Eight films were nominated for best picture. The other five were: Tom McCarthy's investigative journalistic procedural "Spotlight," Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies," Adam McKay's Michael Lewis adaptation "The Big Short," the mother-son captive drama "Room" and the '50s Irish immigrant tale "Brooklyn."
Left on the outside were Todd Haynes' lesbian romance "Carol" and the N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton." The miss for "Carol" meant one usual Oscar heavyweight — Harvey Weinstein — won't have a horse in the best picture race for the first time since 2007.
The acting nominees, which notably omitted Idris Elba for "Beasts of No Nation" and Benicio Del Toro for "Sicario," gave the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences an awkward repeat of the "OscarsSoWhite" backlash that followed last year's acting nominees.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has since redoubled efforts to diversify the academy's membership, and slated Chris Rock — who a year ago labeled Hollywood a "white industry" — to host this year's Feb. 28 ceremony.
Alongside DiCaprio, the nominees for best actor are: Matt Damon ("The Martian"), Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl") and Bryan Cranston ("Trumbo"). One big name omitted was Johnny Depp for his icy Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass."
The best actress field is led by favorite Brie Larson for "Room," along with Jennifer Lawrence (for "Joy," making her, at 25, the youngest four-time nominee), Cate Blanchett (her seventh nod, for "Carol"), Saoirse Ronan ("Brooklyn") and Charlotte Rampling ("45 Years").
After seemingly slipping in an unpredictable awards season, "Spotlight" showed particularly strength Thursday, landing six nominations including best director for McCarthy, best screenplay for McCarthy and Josh Singer, best supporting actress for Rachel McAdams and best supporting actor for Mark Ruffalo.
Sylvester Stallone, reprising his role as Rocky Balboa in "Creed," looms large in the supporting actor category. His stiffest competition is seen as Mark Rylance, best known for his legendary stage work, for "Bridge of Spies." Also nominated were Tom Hardy ("The Revenant") and Christian Bale ("The Big Short").
"I am incredibly humbled by this honor," Stallone, first nominated for the role in 1976 for "Rocky," wrote in an email. "I was not expecting it ... especially at this time in my life. I am certainly grateful to the artists and collaborators who helped make it possible."
Nominees for best director shunned not just one filmmaking legend in Scott, but also Spielberg. Instead, Lenny Abrahamson for "Room" was the unexpected addition along with Adam McKay, former known for his broader Will Ferrell comedies, for "The Big Short."
As expected, Pixar's "Inside Out" landed a best animated feature nod, as did the Charlie Kaufman-penned "Anomalisa," ''Shaun the Sheep Movie," ''Boy and the World" and "When Marnie Was There."
The foreign language category drew films from Hungary ("Son Of Saul"), France ("Mustang"), Jordan ("Theeb"), Denmark ("A War") and Colombia ("Embrace the Serpent").
Though some fans had hoped for a better showing, the box-office behemoth "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" failed to land a best picture nomination. It instead scored five technical nods for editing, score, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing.
Since the best picture field was expanded from five nominees to up to 10, in 2010, every year has delivered nine nominations until this year's eight. The original reasoning was partly to make room for bigger, more populist films like Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" alongside acclaimed independent releases.
But the chances for "The Force Awakens" were hurt because the category already has one sci-fi blockbuster ("The Martian"), as well as a number of major studio releases. 20th Century Fox had an especially good day, led by "The Revenant" and "The Martian."
Netflix, which has previously scored nominations for documentaries, fell short in its first bid for fiction film nods. Its first original feature, Cary Fukunaga's West African child war film "Beasts of No Nation," was shut out.
Netflix did, however, again break into the documentary category with "What Happened, Miss Simone" and "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom." The other nominees were "Amy," ''Cartel Land" and "The Look of Silence."
Nominations were announced Thursday shortly after the passing of Alan Rickman, famed for "Die Hard" and "Harry Potter" but never Oscar-nominated, at 69.
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards

Best motion picture of the year
    “The Big Short” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
    “Bridge of Spies” Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
    “Brooklyn” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
    “Mad Max: Fury Road” Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers
    “The Martian” Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers
    “The Revenant” Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers
    “Room” Ed Guiney, Producer
    “Spotlight” Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

Performance by an actor in a leading role
    Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”
    Matt Damon in “The Martian”
    Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”
    Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”
    Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
    Christian Bale in “The Big Short”
    Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”
    Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”
    Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”
    Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”

Performance by an actress in a leading role
    Cate Blanchett in “Carol”
    Brie Larson in “Room”
    Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”
    Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”
    Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
    Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight”
    Rooney Mara in “Carol”
    Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight”
    Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”
    Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”

Best animated feature film of the year
    “Anomalisa” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran
    “Boy and the World” Alê Abreu
    “Inside Out” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
    “Shaun the Sheep Movie” Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
    “When Marnie Was There” Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Achievement in cinematography
    “Carol” Ed Lachman
    “The Hateful Eight” Robert Richardson
    “Mad Max: Fury Road” John Seale
    “The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki
    “Sicario” Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design
    “Carol” Sandy Powell
    “Cinderella” Sandy Powell
    “The Danish Girl” Paco Delgado
    “Mad Max: Fury Road” Jenny Beavan
    “The Revenant” Jacqueline West

Achievement in directing
    “The Big Short” Adam McKay
    “Mad Max: Fury Road” George Miller
    “The Revenant” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
    “Room” Lenny Abrahamson
    “Spotlight” Tom McCarthy

Best documentary feature
    “Amy” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
    “Cartel Land” Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
    “The Look of Silence” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
    “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
    “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Best documentary short subject
    “Body Team 12” David Darg and Bryn Mooser
    “Chau, beyond the Lines” Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
    “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah” Adam Benzine
    “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
    “Last Day of Freedom” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Achievement in film editing
    “The Big Short” Hank Corwin
    “Mad Max: Fury Road” Margaret Sixel
    “The Revenant” Stephen Mirrione
    “Spotlight” Tom McArdle
    “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Best foreign language film of the year
    “Embrace of the Serpent” Colombia
    “Mustang” France
    “Son of Saul” Hungary
    “Theeb” Jordan
    “A War” Denmark

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
    “Mad Max: Fury Road” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
    “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
    “The Revenant” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
    “Bridge of Spies” Thomas Newman
    “Carol” Carter Burwell
    “The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone
    “Sicario” Jóhann Jóhannsson
    “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” John Williams

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
    “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
    Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
    “Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
    Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
    “Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
    Music and Lyric by David Lang
    “Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
    Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
    “Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”
    Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Achievement in production design
    “Bridge of Spies” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
    “The Danish Girl” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
    “Mad Max: Fury Road” Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
    “The Martian” Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
    “The Revenant” Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Best animated short film
    “Bear Story” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
    “Prologue” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
    “Sanjay’s Super Team” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
    “We Can’t Live without Cosmos” Konstantin Bronzit
    “World of Tomorrow” Don Hertzfeldt

Best live action short film
    “Ave Maria” Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
    “Day One” Henry Hughes
    “Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)” Patrick Vollrath
    “Shok” Jamie Donoughue
    “Stutterer” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Achievement in sound editing
    “Mad Max: Fury Road” Mark Mangini and David White
    “The Martian” Oliver Tarney
    “The Revenant” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
    “Sicario” Alan Robert Murray
    “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Matthew Wood and David Acord

Achievement in sound mixing
    “Bridge of Spies” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
    “Mad Max: Fury Road” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
    “The Martian” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
    “The Revenant” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
    “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in visual effects
    “Ex Machina” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
    “Mad Max: Fury Road” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
    “The Martian” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
    “The Revenant” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
    “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Adapted screenplay
    “The Big Short” Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
    “Brooklyn” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
    “Carol” Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
    “The Martian” Screenplay by Drew Goddard
    “Room” Screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Original screenplay
    “Bridge of Spies” Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
    “Ex Machina” Written by Alex Garland
    “Inside Out” Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
    “Spotlight” Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
    “Straight Outta Compton” Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff